|Davey's 1st time in harness.|
Yellow male Lab x Golden Retriever
DOB: June 10, 2008
Litter: Gigi and Alee, 9 puppies
Puppy raisers: Lena and Jenny Cole, received at 10 weeks of age
Origin of name: Name of a faithful donor
IFT Day: Nov. 2, 2009
Matched: May, 2010 @ 23 months, living now in Florida
A "50-50" Puppy
Davey was our 3rd guide dog puppy in training, our 2nd one with Southeastern Guide Dogs. Half Lab and half Golden Retriever, Dave was our first "Goldador". Lena and I made a bargain with each other: we would co-raise Dave, so that each week he went to community college with her two days and with me to my job 2 days. In one of Lena's classes he was put on the role and the teacher commented that Dave had a better attendance record than several of his students! Two days a week he went to the office with me where I worked as a geologist. After work he went jogging with me through the streets of Chatham.
|Davey's SEGD harness photo|
|Lena's first meeting with Dave at 10 weeks of age.|
|"Good-time" Dave's nature is embodied in this photo!|
|First time going down the porch steps!|
Chicago is Dave's Kind of Town
Dave took several trips during his time with us. As a 4-5 month old puppy he flew to Chicago when Frank and I visited our son, Sam, who was attending Wheaton College. Davey got some big-city exposures, including the time we got trapped on an elevator at the train station. Several people panicked but Davey saw it as a chance to get some much needed shut-eye after all that commuting!
|Davey's first flight.|
|Frank and Dave at O'Hare Airport, Chicago.|
|Dave and Jenny in the Windy City.|
|Taking a college field trip to the local landfill - educational!|
Davey headed back to HIS college, Southeastern Guide Dog school, in late October. By the following spring he was matched with a wonderful lady named Patricia. It was a match made in heaven. We still see him and his family every time we visit Florida.
|This photo from the 2011 Southeastern Guide Dog calendar features Patricia and Dave.|